While sitting on the shores of Georgian Bay, Canada I sat doodling in my journal trying to capture the scene in front of me. Being a beginner level artist I quickly realized I needed professional help. Luckily, I knew just the right person. Not far away was my buddy Dushan who was willing to give me a drawing lesson on shadows.
As he drew formations he told me to choose a focal point, and from there, keeping my eyes on the object, draw what I saw. As he drew he explained that shadows are formed when two planes come together. He demonstrated using a book and the angle of the covers. With movement the shadow cast on the book changed, but it wasn't until the book was completely open that the shadow disappeared. Simple right? Well, how does this apply to transformation? The better question might be "As an educator, how do I remove the shadows & stay transparent?" Captivated by this idea I knew I needed to apply this simple lesson to my own professional journey.
This past week I taught my first PBL lesson. Well, let me clarify....it was my attempt at working out details involved in the process. I am not an expert, far from it, and for the most part I am learning my role alongside some amazing teachers. So here is a brief summary and my attempt at opening the planes and revealing the truth without shadows.
Upon starting the project here were the things I knew:
Because I didn't plan well some of the most important parts of PBL were eliminated simply because I ran out of time. (reflection, tuning, & evaluation) In eliminating these pieces it became apparent how each part of the PBL process is essential to its success.
Observations of Students
** disclaimer use of "our students" means VMCAA students
You're probably wondering about the title "The Curiosity of Transformation." In other words, how does curiosity lead to transformation? It's a question that has grown from my own personal journey. Like you, I am not the person I was a few years ago. Change naturally occurs for all of us. In my case, and maybe you feel the same, curiosity leads into deeper times of reflection. This state of curiosity and reflection in my opinion, when internalized, leads to transformation.
This blog exists to document my curiosity and transformation in life and my career. So, I will always stay curious and observant and hope you do the same. In return, through this process we can revel in its possibilities together.
Teacher, leader, curious observer, explorer of the world and everything in it, passionate about new experiences, and making connections with people.